New Hires

​​​​​​Who’s Eligible to Enroll

Who Is Eligible for Benefits

Full-time Benefits: You are eligible to participate in the benefit plans described on this site if you are a regular full-time team member or an eligible part-time team member working 30 to 39 hours per week. There are a few benefits not available to part-time team members, no matter their scheduled hours. 

Part-time Benefits: If you are a regular part-time team member who works an average of 20 to 29 hours per week, you are eligible for the benefit plans described on this site, except where otherwise noted. In general, the plans not available to you are: Dental, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance (Basic, Optional, Spouse and Child), Survivor​ Benefit, Parental Leave and Retiree Health. 

Eligibility rules vary by plan. Review the benefits eligibillity details.

If you are rehired within one year of leaving, review the service bridge benefit eligibility chart.

​Eligible Dependents

Your eligible dependents can be covered by the following plans for which you are eligible:

  • Medical Plan
  • Dental Plan 
  • Vision Care Plan
  • Spouse Life Insurance
  • Child Life Insurance
  • Optional AD&D Insurance  
  • LifeLock with Norton Benefit Plans

Eligible dependents include:

Spouse or domestic partner


Enrolling Dependents

If you enroll dependents, you will be required to verify their eligibility as part of a dependent verification process. As part of the process, you will need to provide supporting documentation, such as a marriage certificate or domestic/civil union partnership certification, birth certificate and/or other proof of a legal dependent. If proof of dependent eligibility is not provided within 45 days, or does not support eligibility, your dependents’ coverage will end. Enrolling ineligible dependents could also result in additional consequences, up to and including the termination of your employment.

We are committed to controlling benefit costs for you and the Company. It’s important to understand that covering ineligible dependents increases the Company’s benefit expenses and ultimately ends up costing all team members more through higher contribution costs.

Spouse D​efinition

Your spouse is your lawful spouse (same- or opposite-sex) as evidenced by a marriage certificate or other legal document. The plan also considers a legal spouse to be a common-law spouse in those states that recognize common-law marriages.

Note: A team member can have either a spouse or a domestic partner as a qualified dependent under the plan at any one time, but not both at the same time.

Domestic Partner Definition​

A domestic partner is a person of the same or opposite sex who meets the following criteria:

  • Is an unmarried adult over the age of 18;
  • Is neither legally married nor a domestic partner in a civil union with anyone else; and
  • The domestic partnership or civil union must be legally registered.

Note: Team members must register their domestic partner by filing a Declaration of Domestic Partnership or Civil Union document in a local city, county or state government unit, or in a jurisdiction that recognizes domestic or civil union partnerships. Once this requirement is met, a team member may enroll his or her domestic partner in any of the benefit programs, provided the Company’s eligibility rules for participation have also been met.

If there are questions about this requirement, contact the Grainger HR Service Center at 1-847-535-HR4U (4748) (internal); or 1-888-477-3781 (external). Select Option 3. Representatives are available Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.